Gorilla on Tour – Performer Profiles: Garance Louis

During the southern leg of the tour, one of our favourite characters has been the marvellous, mellifluous, direct-from-France Garance Louis. Her stage banter includes all her favourite jokes (‘That one works so much better in English…the French do not like it at all’) as well as her admission that ‘I don’t really have good taste in jokes’, and her show runs from Amelie-style circus jigs through Pastis-soaked ballads, all accompanied by her trusty accordion.

We love Garance, and can’t wait to see her again in London on the 27th, when she’ll be accompanied by a full band.


Gorilla on Tour – Peformer Profiles: SJ Fowler

SJ Fowler has published four collections of poetry, commissioned original works sonic art, installation, poetry and performance art for a variety of institutes and organisations, performed and been published in countless countries and publications, as well as editing and working on several poetry magazines. Needless to say, he’s a busy man, which is possibly why his works, as we’ve seen them, tend towards the brief. Which is not to say they’re short – more that he cuts straight to the heart of the matter, whether it’s Ryan’s $20 suit, or a twisted whale-tale in just four lines.

For this tour, SJ has been reading from a specially commissioned work, based loosely around the theme of fragrance. We’ve loved having his stylish person around the place, and are super excited to present him at Cafe Kino in Bristol, The Gorilla Bus in Cardiff, and in London on October 27. 

Here he is with the gorgeous Garance Louis, who will also be performing in London. As you can see, they make quite the duo.

Gorilla On Tour- Performer Profiles: Deborah Pearson


Deborah Pearson is a woman of many talents. Theatre-maker, playwright, performance artist, advice booth operator, writer, are just a few of the labels bestowed upon Ms. Pearson, however, there are many more that could be just as accurate. Deborah is the co-director of the Forest Fringe, an award-winning mainstay in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

One of our favourite projects of Deborah’s is the 1£ Advice Booth where Deborah and Morgan McBride used to set up a booth on Brick Lane and for 1£ you could ask for advice. You left with a prescription typed out on a lovely typewriter and a lollipop. There’s a lovely video of the advice booth here.

Deborah has received many accolades throughout her career, including, the highly coveted Herald Award, as well as being named on the Stage 100 List of Most Influential People in UK Theatre. An interview with Deborah on The Guardian website found here.

In addition, we are loving Body Pods, this sound art work that Deborah worked on, that is available streaming, also on The Guardian website. Be sure to pop some headphones on, and listen away.

We’re very pleased to have Deborah on the Gorilla on Tour- The Golden Hour: Infused & Bemused. She’s a creative ball of wonder! Please visit her website to find out about many more interesting projects and works as this, of course, is just a nutshell (and a small nut at that- a hazelnut shell!) of Deborah’s many talents.

Gorilla on Tour – Performer Profiles: Robin Grey


Inspired by the timeless work of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom amongst many others, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and any other instruments he can afford and fit into his little studio.

His music has been described as ‘gently experimental nu-folk’ and compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson and Harry Chaplin – he is a bit distressed by the misspelling of the word ‘new’ and has no idea who Harry Chaplin is.

His latest video ‘Mariam’s Cake’ was shot with legendary puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew  who worked on the holy trinity of Labyrinth, Rocky Horror, and most excitingly, was Zippy from Rainbow.

We’re super excited to have Robin on the southern leg of the Gorilla tour – you can check him out online here, or come see him live in Leeds, Brighton, Oxford, Bristol or Cardiff 

The Golden Hour: Haggler’s Corner

What a whirlwind of a delight last night’s Golden Hour at Haggler’s Corner was.

After an adventurous day parked out front of the Sheffield City Hall, we meandered over to Haggler’s Corner. Past the garden, and the carpentry work shop, up the stairs and into a lofty upstairs room, Haggle’s Corner was that perfect combination of relaxed over stuffed leather couches, black tudor beams, and the perfect amount of flickering light to inspire all kinds of creative behavior.

Ryan Van Winkle kicked off the night with an obscure reference to his singular pubic hair that he wraps around his ‘carrot’ (why he is storing carrots in his pants was a little bit beyond me, but the audience found it uproariously funny) before introducing us to William Letford. William is a Scottish poet, and his poems were a mixture of fast talking reflections on the myriad of topics that comprise from his daily life, and sex. Lots of very sexy poems. I like poetry, but I like poetry even more when it is about fumbling around in the dark for love, while being spun by a tall man with a thick Scottish accent.

Following Billy, we had the glorious chanteuse Hailey Beavis. Her warbling high notes sent shivers down my spine as she weaved out stories in haunting melody infused acoustics. Singing about love and god, she quite literally entranced us. She ended her set backing the Collisions Dance Company’s Voice of Reason, a perfect amalgamation of movement bring out the best in her vocals.

Anneliese Mackintosh graciously took the microphone and dispelled all the mystery surrounding what is exactly us women are thinking in the mornings, and what we do for hours secretly in the toilet while our lovers sit and wait. Her ever so slightly melancholy musings on love and the mild frustrations of undefined relationships left me thought provoked and a little relieved that at least I wasn’t the only crazy one out there.

Juxaposed to her sweet voice, the rough and energetic vocals of Billy Liar consumed the crowd as he jumped and strummed passionately in his acoustic set. His lyrics were compelling, but left me with the feeling that I never wanted to be one of the inspirations behind one of his songs, as one of his lyrics “there’s a reason I’m not friends with any of my exes” clearly depicted. He ended his set quite gently with a song that quite tenderly explore unrequited love before finishing with a good old-fashioned sing-along (which was simple, thankfully, as the night was creeping towards its end and I am not sure we could have handled anything too complicated)

After a few local poets took the stage, the night ended with the Shaking Whips, what a perfect way to end off any evening, but it was especially perfect in this venues at this exact moment in time. Her undulating vocals paired exquisitely with the simple garage band rhythm and smooth electric vibes. Rapturing.

The whole evening was spell bounding, and an experience not to be missed. If you can make it to any of our upcoming events, I would highly recommend it, these are occasions not to be missed.

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Gorilla on Tour- Performer Profiles: Hailey Beavis

Hailey Beavis performing at the legendary bookshop in Paris, Shakespeare & Co. Writers and artists such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Man Ray spent a great deal of time at Shakespeare and Company, and it was nicknamed “Stratford-on-Odéon” by James Joyce, who used it as his office.

Where does one begin to describe Hailey Beavis? A true DIY, for-the-people performer, for one. Hailey is a stalwart at some of Edinburgh’s most legendary folk clubs. Her way with lyrics is unmatched, and some (i.e. us, for example) would consider Hailey to be among the very best of Edinburgh songwriters. A performance by Hailey manages to touch you right down through your breast bone, into the center of your very being. If this sounds like we’re being exaggeratory, we can only tell you to catch a performance by Ms. Beavis and try to tell us otherwise! If you’re a fan of Cat Power, or Joanna Newsom, chances are you’ll become a fan of Ms. Beavis.

The song that’s been going around our heads for the past few days is an old one, called Shipwrecked, which can be found on Hailey’s Myspace page here (Yes. We said she was DIY. She was once called out by Marc Riley on the BBC for not updating her Myspace page!).

As a relentless performer, Hailey spends more time on her music than her press. We asked folk legend Dan Willson, aka Withered Hand, for a few words about Hailey and the ones he provided, we couldn’t agree with more:

“Hailey Beavis writes songs of rare delicacy and insight, combining an honest and sometimes startling turn-of-phrase with a natural melodic sensibility in her guitar compositions and her beautiful keening voice. It defies all sense that she remains so far a well kept secret outside of Edinburgh”.

Hailey has recently opened for The Proclaimers on a national tour. She also opened for the gala performance of Nick Cave‘s book, The Death of Bunny Munroe, with her band, at Canongate‘s Irregular cabaret.

Here is a lovely video of Hailey’s song, Sinking Sunset.

We’re so pleased to be have Hailey on tour. We’re sure audience members will be pleased, when in years to come they reflect back on the experience, that they were able to see Hailey Beavis, perform, for free.

“There’s a lot of hope in a song/And there’s a lot of ways that love can go wrong

Most times I don’t even know what’s going on/Till it’s all gone

I sit beneath of buildings/and I let the weight of my longing cry out on high chimes

The cathedral is choking/The chimneys of industry endlessly smoking

Over all of the people, out in the open/Down, down the mountainside, across the ocean”

Gorilla on Tour: Performer Profiles: Anneliese Mackintosh

This is Anneliese Mackintosh. That is a rather lovely photo isn’t it? Anneliese has joined the Golden Hour Infused & Bemused Tour and we couldn’t be any happier. Allow Anneliese to describe herself in her own words, because she’s very good at it.

“I write literary fiction for adults. Some of it’s suitable for young adults. Most of it’s not suitable for children. That’s a warning. I love writing short stories, but am also working on a second novel and getting into writing radio drama for the BBC. A few years ago, I wrote and directed two of my own stage plays. That was hell. I’ve had my work published in UK publications like Edinburgh Review, Gutter, Outside of a Dog, The Year of Open Doors, From Glasgow to Saturn, and in US lit mags like Zygote in my Coffee, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and Citizens For Decent Literature, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. My favourite subjects to write about are: sexuality, death, women, relationships, mental health, and me me me.”

Her favourite subjects are some of our favourite subjects, both in perfume and otherwise.

She is also an editor. Again, we hand it over to Anneliese Mackintosh:
“I am a Consultant Editor at Cargo, an award-winning indie publisher in Scotland. Cargo are awesome. Go check them out. So far I’ve edited Ewan Morrison’s Tales From The Mall, Alan Bissett’s The Moira Monologues, and Simon Sylvester’s 140 Characters.”

We think she is pretty damn cool. And we’re very pleased she’s joined Gorilla on Tour.

To find out more about Anneliese (because that was a mere nutshell), visit her website here.

She also happened to edit Ewan Morrison‘s book Tales From The Mall.

Ewan caught the Golden Hour: Infused and Bemused tour. Ewan posted his lively status updates on facebook. When I asked if I could quote him, he said

“You could maybe say that Ryan Van Winkle has a lot in common with God, including a beard. xx”

So we’ve said it. On behalf of Ewan Morrison. Whose latest novel, the aforementioned Tales From The Mall, is up for a Not The Booker Prize in the Guardian. Which you can vote for. And if you’ve read Ewan’s work, and want to vote please visit here to do so.